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Norman, OK | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Norman, OK | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Hip Hop




"Album review: Deus Eyeslow — Lyrical Voodoo"

Oklahoma has long been viewed as a mecca for songwriters and hell on earth for rappers. But that’s not necessarily the case, certainly not as of late.

While John Fullbright, Parker Millsap and John Moreland make a name for themselves on a national scale, so too do Josh Sallee, Jabee and Johnny Polygon.

It’s the state for the underdogs, the fighters, the storytellers, its humble plains and prairie towns birthing the homegrown, blistering truths that mark the very best folk and hip-hop songs. Suddenly, the formerly barren Sooner State is feeling as fruitful a birthing place for quality emcees as anywhere else around.

Along comes Oklahoma City rapper Deus Eyeslow, the ice to Sallee’s fire (or the bag of Funyuns to Polygon’s blunt), and with his third mixtape, Lyrical Voodoo, he feels primed and ready to ascend to the local scene’s upper echelon rather than fall back with the rest of the pack. The charismatic record is chock-full of whip-smart, progressive party rap brought to life with an ease that’s hard to come by — a glassy-eyed daze but racing mind echoing Curren$y or Schoolboy Q.

That’s the glue that holds this eclectic collection — immaculately curated and created by producer Shawny C — together while the album shifts anywhere from vintage Snoop Dogg (“Outlaws”) to the jazz-bent work of the early ’90s (“Daddy’s Lil Girl”). Lyrical Voodoo is an apt descriptor; the album is an intoxicating cocktail of all things hip- hop, and a deadly one at that.

Opener “Riches” sets the bar high from the outset, finding Deus riffing over a skittish trip-hop beat and nailing a quality earworm hook in just over a minute. “Lost Soul” doubles up on that success. These moments provide the clearest glimpse of the emcee’s artistic future.

Deus has a sharp sense of humor (the South Park/Mr. Garrison sample in “Needles” is an unexpected but wholly inspired choice), and it’s one that he sprinkles as liberally through Lyrical Voodoo as Childish Gambino. But not every punch line lands; jokes fall flat, boasts feel empty and some hooks are a little too breezy for their own good.

More troublesome are the serviceable but nondescript entries like “Kings” or “Pay Me” — songs that might serve as highlights elsewhere but feel like requisite, Hip-Hop 101 placeholders here.

The MF Doom-divined “Muhuwahaha,” the bluesy “Stars” and the mesmerizing “Lady Sophie’s Disguise” are thoroughly more enjoyable. These songs find the wordsmith flexing his tongue- twisting muscle and husky voice more like a supervillain than a disposable henchman.

And that the 20-year-old Deus Eyeslow could feel so imposing — even in bursts — so early in his career is a telling sign. He is just a little time and personal growth away from flipping the switch to full-time lyrical monster from part-time musical menace. - Oklahoma Gazette

"Takeoff Eyeslow - Dark Liquor (Mixtape)"

It’s a rewarding feeling when you stumble upon a project from someone you’re not familiar with and you become an instant fan, which is why I have decided to give all of you that gift with Dark Liquor, the new mixtape from 19 year old emcee Takeoff Eyeslow. The young rapper has been generating some buzz for himself in his hometown of OKC and this release will be sure to spread that buzz elsewhere. Past collaborator Shawny C handles all of the production, and he’s to blame for the consistent soulful vibe of Dark Liquor. Grab the tape, brought to you by the good people at LND RNRS, in its entirety below and pour up a hot drink. - Ashley Outrageous

"Takeoff Eyeslow — The Prescription"

So if Kanye wants to go off on his Alan Vega/Suicide jag, let him. We have a homegrown replacement right here in Takeoff Eyeslow, dropping an album that is a better follow-up to Graduation than anything West has done since.

On The Prescription, the Norman rapper exudes sleepy passion. The first track, “Papa Robert,” doesn’t take you by surprise as much as it just obliterates without warning, lobbing bombs of “real n—a shit from a poet,” showing his fear of losing sight of the simple things on his path to success. It’s a fear that few people, let alone rappers, profess to.

As for the mini-opera of “Dosage,” “The Prescription” and “Overdose,” I’m pretty sure it has to do with drugs, but I am too entranced by the beats and nodding my head to get too deep into it.

The Prescription requires numerous listens to fully grasp the genius behind it. It’s not a party album you can dance to; it’s an album that you have to dissect, study and interpret. I have no idea the last time I said that about an album, hip-hop or otherwise. —Louis Fowler - Oklahoma Gazette


Still working on that hot first release.



Deus (formerly Takeoff Eyeslow) is a 21-year-
old emcee born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and proud to call
Norman, Oklahoma home. His passion for writing and
poetry found him at a young age as he traveled all over
the world as a military brat.

His Oklahoma roots began to grow when he joined
the band Regg as a frontman / rapper. After
performing nearly 3 years with Regg, Rodney
Hulsey decided to embark on a solo rap career as

In his first year as a solo artist, Deus collaborated
with producer, Shawny C, to create three full-length
mixtapes: The Prescription (2013), Dark Liquor (2013),
and Lyrical Voodoo (2014). With the release of
Lyrical Voodoo, Deus established himself as a notable
artist in the Oklahoma hip-hop scene, with acclaim
from local press and blogs across the U.S. The
mixtape received over 3,000 online plays within the
first 3 weeks of the release date. After Power 103.5
KVSP showcased the local hit single, “Outlaws,” on
the radio, listeners responded positively by rating the
song as “banging.“

The past two years, Deus focused solely on the
creation of stimulating new music. He released
his latest mixtape, Home, in 2015. Deus' repertoire
of unreleased music grows more and more each
day, which comprises of two music videos and 20+
completed tracks. Expanding his collaborations
to include several producers within the creative
process guarantees a distinct sound that people
can vibe with in all parts of the world. This year
(2016) is the year that Deus will unleash and be heard by the masses.